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A Taste of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Care Package:

A box of goodies all made in Philadelphia or the metro area. Will include, at minimum, chocolate and other candies, handmade soap by Terralyn from Reading Terminal Market, and beeswax candles. Higher bids will result in More Stuff. [Winner will need to let me know ahead of shipping if they have allergies or dietary restrictions.]

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: Can ship to the United States only. Will ship USPS by March 5, 2013.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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homemade chocolate chip cookies

Item Name & Description: a big batch (30-32) of soft, dense, delicious chocolate chip cookies. (A testimonial.)

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: U.S. only; delivery by Priority Mail within three weeks of payment. (I have shipped these literally across the U.S. and they have arrived undamaged.)

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Green Tea Yoda Oreos

Green Tea Yoda Oreos. Or YODEOS, as I like to call them. These are green tea sugar cookies with vanilla icing centers, following the recipe from justJENN.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: My Hyper-Expensive William Sonoma Star Wars Cookie Cutters (TM) also come with several other characters. So if you’d prefer chocolate Darth Vaders or vanilla Stormtroopers, or a mix of all three with some Boba Fetts thrown in for fun, I’d be happy to alter the recipe accordingly.

Offer is two dozen cookies. Last year we successfully shipped them to an APO address in Germany.

No blue milk will be provided, due to shipping constraints.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Offer: Chocolate Truffles

Item Name & Description: 24 Chocolate Truffles

I’ve been making chocolate truffles for 3 or 4 years now, and I only make them in the cold Winter months when I can work in a room colder than 50*F. They’re pretty darn tasty.

They can be either vegan (in the past I’ve just used deliciously fatty coconut milk, but I’ve had success this year working with soy and almond milks as well) or not (made with local heavy cream from my farmers’ market).

There’s a ganache filling, which can have almost any flavor at all. Just some of the options include: tea (I have some interesting black teas, matcha, and a few herbal teas that I keep for company but aren’t to my taste); curry/masala; scotch & honey; galangal & lemongrass; cardamom & black pepper; habanero; laurel (bay leaves); sage; chai … – really, almost anything that’s not too wet can be a flavor.

And then there’s a hand-dipped coating of even more chocolate! I try to match how light or dark the coating is to the flavors in the ganache, but I can also take requests. Note: for the coatings, I lack the skill of adding vegan dairy alternatives, so any mixing with milk chocolate will necessarily not be vegan.

Starting Bid: $12

Notes: I will mail to anywhere in the northern hemisphere (I’ve successfully mailed truffles to Europe and the UK, but I’m willing to try anywhere).

My schedule is incredibly busy from February 22nd-26th, so I might be a few days late replying to the winning bid. On the positive side, that means I’ll have more free time than usual to make the truffles right away.

Warning: Last year’s truffle-making was a little dodgy with warm weather, and I had some mold problems. I didn’t hear anything from last year’s recipient, so I hope that didn’t affect them. But if you are not satisfied for any reason I will make you another batch even if I have to wait until the next cold season to do so.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Care Package from New Orleans

Item Name & Description: A box of goodies from New Orleans in a large priority mailer

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: This box of delicious awesomeness will definitely include coffee, pralines, and Mardi Gras beads, and can be customized to include anything else you want. :)

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Pillow Cookies

Item Name & Description: Pillow cookies are a fantastic cookie, where you take a base cookie (like, say, some nomtastic sweet and salty chocolate chip cookies) and wrap the dough around a delicious doughy concoction (like brownies, blondies, white chocolate brownies, or pumpkin brownies). Then: BAKING! You see them all the time at local county fairs — they’re the huuuuge, round cookies with the moist, soft, chocolatey center. These are ginormous cookies — so instead of a full dozen, I normally make 10 at a time. I’m offering to make 10 pillow cookies (combo of your choice), and mail them to you usps priority. NEW THIS YEAR: I’ve found a recipe for srichacha peanut butter cookies that I am DYING to try with a dark chocolate brownie. If the bidding goes over 30, I’ll include a batch of this experiment if you want — or another experimental recipe, since I actually have a queue.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: If I can’t make something, I’ll work with you for a substitute. I make fantastic cookies! It’ll probably take me a week to put together the ingredients, but I’ll send it USPS priority and let you know when I ship

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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